: Buying a V1



Blackcadi05
02-07-07, 07:31 PM
I think that I am going to purchase a V1. A) Is it really worth it? B) Am I better off just getting a new one or is it ok to save a few bucks and get a used one? I never really liked radar detectors but I almost got my second ticket in two weeks today so I think I might need one.

rand49er
02-07-07, 08:33 PM
:stirpot:

I haven't been a big fan of them either, but with this car, I'm considering it. And, a V1 is what I'm going to get.

BTW, I've noticed the used ones on eBay don't seem to be discounted very much ... might just as well buy new is the way I see it.

50 4Ever
02-07-07, 08:55 PM
I have a V1, and I would not get one off eBay because you don't know what you are getting. The V1 can be sent back to the factory for upgrades if needed. I bought mine in June 2003 and sent it back in 2005 to be upgraded for the new POP Radar. If you get a new one you are guaranteed of getting the latest updates, if you get one off eBay you can always go to the V1 website (http://www.valentine1.com/), click on upgrades, and enter the 10 digit serial number off the unit to see what upgrades you need and how much they will cost.

It's a good unit, in the last 4 years I have driven in excess of 70,000 miles, my V1 has replaced my American Express because I never leave home without my V1.

CTS-V420
02-07-07, 10:08 PM
I bought a used one and have no problems with it...My buddy has a new one and we always pick up PO at the same time...but I have Brembo's and he doesn't -----he gets that ticket;)
yea its a great radar and I would def suggest getting one.
I find all radar's annoying..I only use mine on the Highway
http://www.clubcts.com/upload/posted/cts-v420-DSCN0020-s.jpg (http://www.clubcts.com/upload/posted/cts-v420-DSCN0020.JPG)

joshdctsv
02-07-07, 10:14 PM
My V1 is now 7 years old (never upgraded) and going strong. It's a good buy in my book.

thebigjimsho
02-07-07, 10:38 PM
Got my first V1 in November of '94 and didn't upgrade it for almost 10 years. I finally upgraded it and bought another so I didn't have to move it from car to car.

V1 can't be beat.

Vdrenaline
02-07-07, 10:41 PM
Don't think about it, just get one. Doesn't matter new or used. The old V1's are still better than the best Escort, including their newest one with GPS.
If you want to make sure that you are getting a used one that has the most current updates, have the seller email you the serial number. Take it and go to valentineone.com and enter it. It will let you know if it has the most up to date stuff or not and the cost to upgrade if not.
Do not hesitate, do not wait. Get a V1 now.
Mount it just to the left of the rearview mirror so that the antenna is just below the strip of blue sun glass on the top of the windshield. Run the power cord to the map light. There are instructions with photos in the FAQ section to wire it up.

Also may want to consider the Blinder Laser jamming system. It works. Well.

Good luck!

sotxmike
02-08-07, 02:13 AM
I've had a V-1 since they first came out. That was so long ago I don't even remember when that was (15 years?). Mike Valentine was the original inventor of the Escort. The V-1 is simply the best radar detector available. It has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. Buy it...you'll never regret it :thumbsup:

sy1172
02-08-07, 07:09 AM
My wife and I both have a V1 and use it religiously everyday. No tickets in 7 years, not bad!!

I bought one used but then resold it on Ebay. Buy new so you have the latest plus on Ebay you won't save a whole lot....maybe $50.

Like the ads say, once you have the arrows you can't do without them....so true. It's an awesome piece.

Do yourself a favor and have it hardwired into the car. I did this and it looks great.

Good luck!

sefa01
02-08-07, 07:15 AM
Have a V-1 on both my V and my C6 Z06. Hardwired on the V, and hardwired from the mirror on the Z06.

Best there is. Well worth the money.

ctsvflorida
02-08-07, 08:18 AM
Brake lights in front of me are my radar detector and it's free! Never had a speeding ticket...ever! Don't get me wrong, I have to really pay attention when on the highway and it is tiring. Sounds like I could be more relaxed with this radar system you guys are talking about!

For the hardwired guys, don't you have to hide it when you get pulled over for anything? Thought it was illegal to use!

thebigjimsho
02-08-07, 10:07 AM
Brake lights in front of me are my radar detector and it's free! Never had a speeding ticket...ever! Don't get me wrong, I have to really pay attention when on the highway and it is tiring. Sounds like I could be more relaxed with this radar system you guys are talking about!

For the hardwired guys, don't you have to hide it when you get pulled over for anything? Thought it was illegal to use!Only in the communist states of Virginia, D.C. and Canada. Or at least much of the leaf country.

MescalVto
02-08-07, 10:49 AM
I've had a V-1 since they first came out. That was so long ago I don't even remember when that was (15 years?). Mike Valentine was the original inventor of the Escort. The V-1 is simply the best radar detector available. It has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. Buy it...you'll never regret it :thumbsup:

:yeah: +what the other guys said about checking serial number for updates if you go the used route - I have updated 2 or 3 times; no regrets!

blackonblackonblack
02-08-07, 03:03 PM
http://www.escortradar.com/9500i.htm

I just bought this one online. I used to have the Escort Passport 8500 x50 and a V1. Look at some of the features and videos of the 9500i.

heavymetals
02-08-07, 06:02 PM
I just drove 450 miles and the CHP were hiding in the bushes and shooting cars.

My used V1 (which I got from Ebay) worked like a charm.

BadCad
02-09-07, 12:39 PM
did a lot of reading on reviews... bought one without further qualms - V1 for my V. Not as fancy a mount as Heavy did with his but am happy with mine.

Vdrenaline
02-09-07, 10:17 PM
http://www.escortradar.com/9500i.htm

I just bought this one online. I used to have the Escort Passport 8500 x50 and a V1. Look at some of the features and videos of the 9500i.

It is nice but not as good as a V1. The V1 has a far superior visual interface with Big directional arrows showing where radar is coming from even with multiple radar threats. It also simultaneously shows signal strength, type of radar and identifies the location of the biggest threat when encountering multiple radar sources. Oh yeah and it has amazing sensitivity and is fully programable. It has simple 3-mode programming: Regular, logic and full logic modes to eliminate most false alarms, and then advanced programming options as well. In CT where I live they mount X-Band radar drones on poles along every mile or so on I-95 for approx 200 miles. They do this so people will get so annoyed by the constant alarms that they simply switch off their detectors and then be easy targets. The V1 lets you turn off X-band (which radar operators do not use anymore) keeping on the vital K and Ka bands. I get no annoyance and full protection.

The V1 also has amazing sensitivity and range. My V1 is old and does not have the most recent technology. Nevertheless it is so good that I haven't felt the need to update it which V1 allows you to do whenever a new update becomes available. In my opinion all high-end radar detectors are sensitive enough and it doesn't matter anymore which one has the furthest range. As long as you can pick up a radar operator targeting someone with instant-on radar a mile ahead of you, you will be OK. Most quality radar locators can do this.

The only significant feature that the 9500 has that the V1 does not is the GPS interface, It is a useful feature. I have a 3 year old Bell (same parent company owns them as Escort) and it has the GPS interface. I used to use it together with the V1 cause I could program in speed traps where they would use instant on radar and get warned whenever I would approach that spot in the future. I got tired of looking at that much hardware and chose to run only the V. I don't even know where my Bell is...

ctsvett
02-09-07, 11:25 PM
Buy the V1.. accept no substitute...

Saved me more times than I can count... Only thing is that it wont catch cars pacing you... No device for that yet.

Dont hesitate... Saving you from one or two tickets, it will pay for itself!

Reed

thebigjimsho
02-09-07, 11:40 PM
Buy the V1.. accept no substitute...

Saved me more times than I can count... Only thing is that it wont catch cars pacing you... No device for that yet.

Dont hesitate... Saving you from one or two tickets, it will pay for itself!

ReedOne, two or a few hundred!!!

barry007
02-10-07, 10:30 AM
Sorry to threadjack, but what modes do you usually run i.e. basic, logic, adv. logic? just curious.
B

rand49er
02-10-07, 10:34 AM
Hey, barry007, haven't heard from you in a long time. Still got your Vette?

Oops! Continuing the threadjack.

barry007
02-10-07, 10:57 AM
still threadjacking, still got all my toys, never had a vette, an old smokey&bandit t/a though.

sory for not posting more, it's all i can do to check the site every week or so...

gwhollon
02-10-07, 11:28 AM
I drive about 50,000 per year and I have tried about everything out there because I do have a very heavy foot. a friend loaned me his V-1 about 10 years ago, I ran it side by side with what I thought was the best out there at the time. within about 200 miles my Belltronics was in the glove compartment and I have been using a V-1 ever since. I have still got a few tickets over the years but never from radar or laser. I just bought my wife one for her car, (06 CTS-V) yeah I know she gets the good ride. ORDER ONE TODAY!!!